HidroAysén’s Approval Takes Chile in the Wrong Direction

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“Canvas,” Patagonia, Chile. Photo courtesy of: © Makoto Yamashita


May 9th, 2011, Chile’s environmental authorities approved HidroAysén’s proposal to build five dams on two of Patagonia’s wildest rivers, the Baker and the Pascua.

The 11-to-one vote ended an almost three year review process for what has become the biggest environmental controversy in the country’s history. The company and the government have lauded HidroAysén and other large conventional energy projects as the best way to meet Chile’s future energy demand…

Read Full Article, NRDC

Keep Chilean Patagonia Wild, The New York Times

Chilean Patagonia: A Way Of Life Under Threat By Dams, See Photo Gallery from Guardian UK

China to step up fight against plastic addiction

Despite China’s rapid economic development, there remains a marked disparity between the country’s wealthy and underpriviledged population. This family, originally from Guizhou Province (a western China province), moved to the rich Delta Yangtze River coast in search of new opportunities. They currently work in a Jiangsu landfill, sifting through garbage in search of any valuable reselable items. Captions and Photo source: ©© Sheila


China will expand a ban on free shopping bags, state media said, as it tries to further curb its addiction to plastic in a bid to rid the country of “white pollution” that clogs waterways, farms and fields.

Bookstores and pharmacies nationwide will soon be forbidden to give out free plastic bags, joining the ranks of supermarkets that have had to charge for shopping bags since June 1, 2008, the official Xinhua news agency reported…

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Queen Anne’s Revenge’s Anchor Recovered Off NC Coast

Queen Anne’s Revenge, dry dock and floating again. In Barber’s Point Harbor, Hawaii.
The 3,000 lb. anchor from Queen Anne’s Revenge, which sank in the Atlantic waters near Beaufort, NC, in 1718 just before pirate Blackbeard was killed in battle. Photo source: ©© Vicki Watkins


Archaeologists recovered the first anchor from what’s believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship off the North Carolina coast yesterday, a move that might change plans about how to save the rest of the almost 300-year-old artifacts from the central part of the ship…

Read Original Article, AP

Did Archaeologists Uncover Blackbeard’s Treasure? Smithsonian magazine

Capt. Kidd Shipwreck Site To Be Dedicated Living Museum Of The Sea, in Coastal Care

Sinking Oil Threatens Historic Gulf Shpiwreck, in Coastal Care

BP oil spill partly blamed for Gulf dolphin deaths

Photo source: ©© LaPrimaDonna


The deaths of over 150 dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico so far this year is due in part to the devastating 2010 BP oil spill and the chemical dispersants used to contain it, a report said Thursday.

A total of 153 dolphins have been found in the Gulf so far in 2011, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Sixty-five of the mammals were babies…

Read Original Article, AFP

BP Oil Spill Linked To Dolphins’ Death, in Coastal Care

Sea Turtle’s Deaths Up Along Gulf Shores, Joining Dolphins’ Trend, in Coastal Care

Sea Creatures Flee Oil Spill And Gather Near Shore, in Coastal Care

How The Gulf Oil Spill Hurt animals, in Coastal Care

Climate Change Impacts in China

Shanghai. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The received wisdom used to be that climate change would have relatively little impact on China. But that views seems outdated.

Like the United States, China is large and geographically diverse; as such, the impacts of climate change vary across the country…

Read Original Article, By Dan Farber, Professor Of Law, University Of California-Berkeley

Rising sea levels trigger disasters in China: report
Gradually rising sea levels caused by global warming over the past 30 years have contributed to a growing number of disasters along China’s coast.

Scientists Argue Against Conclusion That Bacteria Consumed Deepwater Horizon Methane

Retrieving Sample Cylinders into Gulf – Multicorer sampling operation aboard the RV Gyre.
Credit – with permission from: Texas A&M-University Corpus Christi, Sandra Arismendez / NOAA


A technical comment published in the May 27 edition of the journal Science casts doubt on a widely publicized study that concluded that a bacterial bloom in the Gulf of Mexico consumed the methane discharged from the Deepwater Horizon well.

The debate has implications for the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem as well as for predictions of the effect of global warming, said marine scientist and lead author Samantha Joye, University of Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences…

Read Full Article, By Sam Fahmy, University of Georgia

Methane Concentration Surprises Scientists, in Coastal Care

Scientists Document Fate Of Deep Hydrocarbon Plumes, in Coastal Care

1 Million Times The Normal level Of Methane Near The Gulf Oil Spill, in Coastal Care

Beaches In Britain Beat 2010’s Bathing Quality Standards

Marram grass and sand dunes, Duddon Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest, Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve Cumbria. Photo source: ©© Natural England

By Press Association

Britain’s beaches have had one of their best years in a quarter of a century of the Good Beach Guide, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said.

Across the UK, 461 beaches were given the top recommended award for having excellent bathing water quality in the guide, the third highest number in the guide’s 24-year history, and a significant increase on last year. Some 42 more bathing spots reached the top grade in 2011 than in 2010.

But 46 failed to meet even the basic standards of water quality set in European law 35 years ago, the MCS said, a slight increase on last year’s figure of 41.


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Do Beach Awards Encourage People To Go To The Beach?, in Coastal Care

The Peril of Plastic

“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”
Captions and Photo: © SAF — Coastal Care


For bizarre items floating in the ocean, try topping this: The upper half of a set of false teeth, seen bobbing around in the South China Sea.

“I remember thinking: ‘How on earth did it get there?”’ said Lindsay Porter, a marine scientist based in the Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu, who spotted the item from a research vessel about 200 kilometers, or 125 miles, off China in 2009…

Read Full Article, The New York Times

The Fifth International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, in Coastal Care

Plastic Pollution, Coastal Care

All the Way To The Ocean, in Coastal Care

Plastic Pollution in Namibia

Plastic pollution. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


When the 5 Gyres South Atlantic expedition crew arrived safely in Nambia where they would set sail for the second leg of the South Atlantic gyre expedition, they were in a beach town Swakopmund.

The Skeleton Coast is surrounded by breathtaking dunes, the oldest desert on Earth, and imagery reminiscent of both Road Warrior and Sebastião Salgado’s timeless landscapes in his Genesis project. The beaches are beautiful, but a walk along the shoreline and a quick beach cleanup showed that like coastal areas all over the world, Namibia has a problem with plastic trash accumulating on its otherwise relatively pristine beaches…

Read Full Article, By Leslie Moyer, The 5 Gyres

Plastic Pollution, Coastal Care

The mission of the Santa Aguila Foundation is to raise awareness of and mobilize people against the ongoing decimation of coastlines around the world.

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